Tuesday, April 2, 2013

On My Mind

Thinking all day about starting a blog post, but there are so many things swimming around in my head that I just need to blurt out the mess to make room for the rest.

Today will not be one of those deep-post days.

Today will be more like a here-sit-down-and-have-a-cup-of-coffee day. It's just one of those days that I need to get my thoughts out so I can move on and write other stuff.

I've realized that I don't let you in too much. As in, into my life. And I don't like that. I really want you to know me and to know what's going on in my life. I flatter myself to think that maybe you read here because you're interested. I don't know.

Or maybe you just like my recipes--who knows?

Anyway, maybe this post is a way of letting you know some things about me. It's not like my life is some huge secret or anything. There are, however, people in my life who would prefer that I keep some things to myself. I get that. And I try to.


So here we go. Some things that I want you to know about me.

** You know I teach, right? Thinking about teaching and actually going into work three days a week are probably what consume most of my thoughts these days. It shouldn't feel as busy as it does, and that frustrates me sometimes. Here's what my Monday/Wednesday/Fridays look like:

5:30 a.m. - wake up, stumble to the shower, get ready for my day

7:00 a.m. - take Julia to school, then head into my office

9:15 a.m. - teach my class

10:30-? - read, grade papers, prep for next class

I usually try to finish up around 12:30 when I either head home or meet my friends for lunch (a regular Wednesday thing). Afternoons are my time to run errands, walk the dog, write (oh, the ongoing angst about THAT), make dinner.

Right now I only teach one class, but in the fall I'll have two. Which will make my thoughts even more swirly and discombobulated.

But it's all good because I love my job and get to teach the most amazing group of college students ever. I'm confident that God has called me to it for now, and that makes it all worthwhile.

** One bummer about my job is that my spring break doesn't line up with Julia's, so every year we have to figure out what to do about that. This year we decided to pull her out of school for three days and high tail it out of here. (She's still making up the work she missed!)

But it was so great to be in the Florida sunshine, even for a short while.

Here's my honey and me. Twenty-eight years--totally worth it.

** In other thought-consuming news, B and I purchased a rental home near the college this year. We haven't done much with it yet since we still have renters, but the townhome is in need of, shall we say, a leeettle bit of work. This summer my job will be to completely restore that house, including replacing all of the flooring on the first floor (don't worry, it's not that big) and painting the entire place. And, yes, I plan to do much of the work myself in order to save money.

Call me crazy.

Just do. Because I think I am.

And I'm spending way too many hours thinking about paint colors.

** My sister had a baby! Amazing and delicious all rolled into one. And so sublime because we haven't had a new baby on my side of the family in, oh, 15 years. It's all very exciting.

I'm especially excited because this weekend I'm flying to Dallas to meet my newest niece, Gracie (do you not just LOVE that name?!). I'm not sure you'll be able to pry her out of my arms for the 48 hours I'll be there.

** I spend a lot of time thinking about and praying for my kids. Both of my college girls came home for Easter weekend and we all had a great time together. It gave me a glimpse into what our summer will be like since, for the first time in about four years, everyone will be home. Just a hunch, but it's going to be loud, boisterous, talkative, and full of laughter.

Here's our little Easter brunch right before church.

Easter was a little different for us this year because it was also Kate's 21st birthday.

Happy birthday, lovie!

So we said we'd celebrate Easter in the morning and that after noon it would be all about Kate's birthday. It worked for us.

** Speaking of birthdays, I have the next birthday in our family which is something that consumes way too much of my thought life. I don't have time to write about right now--this birthday is going to take a post of its own because it's a big one and I have thoughts.

** As I write I'm listening to Julia practice piano. Difficult strains of an unfamiliar Debussy piece are floating through our house. She's struggled with one line for weeks now, and last night, after her piano lesson, she cried out in frustration that she didn't think she would EVER get it right. I told her to hang in there, to not give up, and that one day it would just click and she'd get it.

Just now, over the music she shouted, "That's it!"

These are the moments I love being a parent the most.

**Last thing: be sure to come back on Friday because if you're one of those don't-care-about-your-life-but-you-give-me-good-recipes people you are really going to be happy. AND it involves a book review. Bonus!

There. Brain dump is completed. Maybe now I can move on and actually write something.

That's what's on my mind, what's on YOURS?


  1. Oh my, I'm glad you mentioned your wedding anniversary because it reminds me that our 20th is in about 15 days! I am just now realizing it is upon us! And as I write, I'm listening to some piano struggles here, too... good advice on what to say! :-) I so love reading your blog and knowing you! :-) Looks like fun in FL!

  2. Happy anniversary, Carolyn! So fun! And thank you for your kind words. I feel the same about you. :)

  3. Enjoy every moment with your sister and Gracie. You have a lot on your mind. I bet you will forget all of it, once you get your hand on that sweet baby.


  4. A new baby! Oh, how wonderful! I'd love to become an aunt again--I'd do a better job this time around!

    I for one am not here just for your recipes. I like knowing what you have to say about stuff--all kinds of stuff.

    We also had a birthday this weekend. My youngest (my baby!!) turned 16 on Good Friday. My Will will turn 22 in May, right after he graduates from Duke. Good heavens, where did the time go?! If you add all this up, it's quite clear that I'm going to be 50 this year. You get me, don't you, girl? Gulp!

  5. That birthday is on my mind too. Anxious to hear YOUR thoughts. How did we get here? We're we just 14 and meeting for the first time? And on a weirder note: I must have conceived my daughter around your daughter's birthday because I just realized they are almost exactly 9 months apart in age.
    I like when you write about yourself. You are someone I like to know better.

  6. Here's what's on my mind after reading your post:

    1. So jealous of the beach pics. I'm in the middle of spring break, as you know. No beach in sight. Sigh...
    2. Your daughters are simply gorgeous.
    3. When you talked about your job, my heart skipped a beat. I mean, I really think that job (a job just like it...not YOUR job) has "Sandy Cooper" written all over it. I love writing. I love teaching. And I love those hours. And I love that every Wednesday you meet with friends. I'm so friend-depleted right now. :(
    4. Your hubby looks just like my former neighbor. Had to do a double take.

    I MISS YOU!!!
    This summer, we really MUST hook up. Must.

  7. Aw, thanks Glenda. You're probably right!

    Richella, I get you. I really do. :)

    And Linda, more thoughts on that birthday are on their way . . . someday . . . when I can pull them together without crying!

    Sandy, I miss you too! Yes, please!! Let's try to make that work this summer. I think you need to get in your car and head up here because that way we can hang out with Glenda too. Just sayin' . . .

  8. Love this glimpse into life as you know it!

  9. Can't wait for the birthday post cause you know there's a rather large group of us turning that forbidden number as well.
    Congratulations on the birth of your niece.
    No piano struggles on my end, but I do hear opera music coming from my 15 year old's bedroom (can you say obscure?)
    We're also celebrating #28. Certainly a milestone - seems that's the word of the year.